Malcolm Slaughter invited Matthew to give a talk to the Physiology and Biophysics Department today. It was great to tell our story to longtime friends. He covered work from Tenzin, Xiaowen, and Nicole's papers. He did go a little long, but there was lots of interesting discussion afterwards.
Maggie left for greener pastures today. We threw a party for her to wish her well, as she goes back to California to polish off her thesis (pay no attention to the liquid in the bottle!). We are careful not to read too much into the fact that a typhoon hit LA just as she left! Best wishes, Maggie!
Nicole's paper came out in the Journal of Neuroscience today. Teresa Esch at the journal wrote a very nice feature of the paper, which is really exciting. Unfortunately, we didn't get the cover, but here is one of our submissions, which is a fluorescent image of the cochlear nucleus, with auditory nerve fibers labelled with ChrimsonR-tdTomato. You can see the auditory nerve fibers streaming in from the bottom, and bifurcating to innervate the AVCN, PVCN, and DCN. Sharp eyes can discern endbulbs. Wade Sigurdson at the confocal facility helped us get the image.